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Wednesday, May 5, 1999 Published at 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK

BBC ready for historic night

BBC News Online will have live coverage of the Scottish Parliament election count overnight after the polls close at 2200 (BST) on Thursday 6 May. Details of how to watch and listen will be available on our On Air page nearer the time.

BBC Scotland's seven-hour Vote99 television programme on the night of 6 May is its biggest-ever election operation.

Vote 99 on BBC Television and Election 99 on BBC Radio Scotland will provide viewers and listeners with the most informative election analysis after the polling stations have closed.

Kirsty Wark and Peter Snow will front Vote99, joined by BBC Scotland Political Editor Brian Taylor, political pundits and the main political players.

[ image: Peter Snow: Swingometer]
Peter Snow: Swingometer
A virtual reality swingometer and live 3-D graphics of the Holyrood Parliament are part of Peter Snow's new virtual graphics package used to give his own distinctive view of how the political story unfolds.

In Cardiff, Glyn Mathias will update viewers on the story in Wales while Huw Edwards in London will present coverage of the English local elections.

A studio team of almost 70 people will be backed up by 48 result providers and 11 Outside Broadcast teams scattered throughout Scotland to bring first news of how Scotland has voted.

Vote 99 will be shown throughout the UK, giving viewers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales the opportunity to watch one of the most famous nights in Scottish history.

The outcome

Breakfast News will be presented from Scotland by Sally Magnusson on the morning of 7 May to report on election results for Scotland and the UK.

After nine o'clock, Sally will remain on air on BBC Scotland, to bring viewers up to date on events overnight and developments and reaction.

[ image: Anne Mackenzie: Results examination]
Anne Mackenzie: Results examination
At lunchtime she will hand over to Anne Mackenzie who will continue with results examination and speak to key players.

In the evening, Sally returns with all the latest news in a specially extended Reporting Scotland live from a purpose-built studio on Edinburgh's Calton Hill.

Sally and BBC Scotland's team of correspondents and reporters will draw together significant events of the day to offer a comprehensive guide to who will take their seats in Scotland's new Parliament and how it is likely to function.

BBC Scotland's final round-up of the day will come from Anne Mackenzie again, who will look at the conclusive results as Scotland forms its first government.

Radio Scotland's Election 99 on election night will be presented by Derek Bateman and Colin McKay, with analysis from political correspondent Kenny MacIntyre.

Beginning at 2200, the programme will run until 0600 before handing over to the Good Morning Scotland Election Special with Derek Bateman remaining in the hot seat alongside John Milne and Isabel Fraser.

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